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    Spitfire Crash - 1941? France?

    This original print in my collection has me stumped.

    No serial number visible. Last code letter seems to be 'O' - so LO? (602 Sqn)

    Must be post Nov 1940 (Sky band) but foliage suggests summer.

    If 602 Sqn, must be post 10 July 1941 when squadron moved to Redhill from Ayr.

    (Note also: fabric covered ailerons.)

    Anyone out there have any ideas? Inscription looks like: Absturz bei Desvres...?
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    #2
    Sorry...no idea why they loaded sideways?!
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      #3
      Doesn't help much, but the last letter looks like a G.
      Daren Cogdon

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        #4
        Yes, I agree. Possibly LO - G ?
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          #5
          My first reaction based on the style of the G is 501 Squadron so SD-G.

          Mark P

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            #6
            That might work!

            Glad you know your P's from your Q's...or should that be G's?!
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              #7
              Hmmm...can't find any losses to match, though?
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                #8
                P9464, X4854 AB279, AB374 & BM238 all SD-G at some stage in their service life.

                Mark
                "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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                  #9
                  I don't think any of those 'fit'.

                  PS - are you sure about P9464?
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                    #10
                    That is what it says in my compiled files. Source unknown but probably a photograph interpretation.

                    Mark
                    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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                      #11
                      The number plate looks German as does the vehicle?

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                        #12
                        The crop has come off looks wheat, so late summer I am guessing
                        SMOKE SMOKE GO!
                        TA out

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                          #13
                          How about 266 Sqn - UO code?

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                            #14
                            The oil cooler looks like Mk.I/II (or very early V) to me, which might help narrow it down- unless, of course, you've all figured that part out already, OR I'm wrong in my interpretation!
                            Last edited by Seafire; 6th August 2017, 13:43.

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                              #15
                              On the back is written as location "Absturz bei Amiens"

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                                #16
                                Ah! If you are sure about Amiens, then that potentially narrows the search a bit.

                                Yes, German vehicle with emblem on mudguard but cannot work out what it is.

                                Not sure if this was a crop (cereal) field - or hay?

                                Surely fabric ailerons discount a Mk V?
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                                  #17
                                  With the proximity of Amiens to Abbeville, I'm thinking the emblem could be the stylised 'R' of JG2 'Richthofen'.

                                  The more I look at the original, the more I'm convinced that is what I can see!
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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Tangmere1940
                                    The more I look at the original, the more I'm convinced that is what I can see!
                                    Beyond reasonable doubt?

                                    Mark
                                    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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                                      #19
                                      Err...no.
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                                        #20
                                        Another possible Sqn could be 452 Sqn - coded UD. Both 266 and 452 look to have been operational over northern France in the Summer of 1941.

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